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Douglas County Sheriff's Office Announces Additional Temporary Operational Changes (Photo) - 03/19/20

UPDATE 03/19/2020 9:00 AM

Douglas County, OR - Additional temporary changes are being made to Sheriff's Office operations in response to recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

Effective immediately, all in person inmate visitation is being suspended until further notice. While the Sheriff's Office recognizes this is a hardship on inmates and their loved ones, this is a necessary precaution to ensure the welfare of the inmate population as well as the staff working inside of the facility. The Sheriff's Office has worked with our telephone vendor and arranged for inmates to have two phone calls per week free of charge. The two calls will reset every Sunday. Additional calls or video chat is also available for a fee by visiting Video visitation can be done from any electronic device equipped with a webcam. 

The Records Division is suspending all public fingerprinting services until further notice; this includes pre-employment and background fingerprinting. 

Our citizen ride-along program is also being suspended until further notice. 

Residents are highly encouraged to visit our website before coming to the lobby as many answers to questions and forms may be available online. Additional inquires may be made by telephone by calling (541) 440-4450 or by e-mail to

Sheriff Hanlin's commitment is to provide for the peace and security of the citizens and visitors to our county. Sheriff Hanlin said, "Our community has endured extremely difficult circumstances in the past. Residents of this county are some of the most giving and caring individuals in the country. I encourage everyone to remain calm, to follow the recommendations of health officials and to look out for one another. Together we will prevail, just as we have in the past."

The Sheriff's Office will continue to provide law enforcement services 24/7, even during this emergency. 


ORIGINAL RELEASE 03/13/2020 11:00 AM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, OR - Effective immediately the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is implementing some temporary changes in an effort to reduce some of the risks associated with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This is being done in an effort to protect those we serve as well as our dedicated staff.

These are the precautionary measures we are taking:

Corrections Division: 

We have a heightened intake screening process and are taking additional sanitary precautions. We encourage inmate visitors to utilize video visitation from any computer equipped with a webcam by visiting in lieu of in-person visitation.

Patrol Division: Our deputies are still here to serve you and will still be available 24/7. We are however encouraging them to take additional precautions to reduce the risk potential. This may include taking reports by telephone when circumstances allow.

Concealed Handgun Licensing: We are placing a temporary hold on the processing of new concealed handgun license applications which require fingerprints and photographs. Those who have appointments scheduled during this timeframe will be re-scheduled when we resume normal operation and given priority. Renewal applications which do not require new fingerprints and photographs will still be processed.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit as many answers to questions and forms may be available online. Telephone inquiries may also be made to (541) 440-4450.

We continue to be engaged and work with county and state stakeholders regarding this issue. This situation is very fluid and the temporary changes may be modified. We will always strive to work in the best interest of our community.

We encourage the community to remain calm and to follow the advice of official sources such as Douglas Public Health  the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control on what preventative measures you can take.


Attached Media Files: DCSO
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